Bug 93231 - xdg-terminal does not work when gsettings is used to get the default terminal
Summary: xdg-terminal does not work when gsettings is used to get the default terminal
Status: NEW
Alias: None
Product: Portland
Classification: Unclassified
Component: xdg-utils (show other bugs)
Version: unspecified
Hardware: Other All
: medium normal
Assignee: Per Olofsson
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Reported: 2015-12-03 16:35 UTC by Ronan Arraes Jardim Chagas
Modified: 2016-01-22 15:02 UTC (History)
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Fixes -x argument, which is the default for {gnome,mate}-terminal (1.42 KB, patch)
2016-01-22 15:02 UTC, Sorokin Alexei
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Description Ronan Arraes Jardim Chagas 2015-12-03 16:35:29 UTC

I'm trying to open the default terminal using xdg-terminal in MATE. However, when I execute `xdg-terminal` I get the following output:

xdg-terminal: configured terminal program ''mate-terminal'' not found or not executable

It turns out that, in MATE, `xdg-terminal` uses the following code to get the default terminal:

gsettings get org.mate.applications-terminal exec

(see http://cgit.freedesktop.org/xdg/xdg-utils/tree/scripts/xdg-terminal.in#n85)

However, this command in MATE returns:

gsettings get org.mate.applications-terminal exec              

Thus, xdg-terminal tries to execute `'mate-terminal'` instead of `mate-terminal`, which is the cause of the bug.

This happens regardless the terminal that I choose to be the default:

$ gsettings get org.mate.applications-terminal exec

gsettings get org.mate.applications-terminal exec

Hence, I think that xdg-terminal just need to remove '' from the returned string and execute it.

Additional information about my system:

$ cat /etc/os-release
PRETTY_NAME="openSUSE Tumbleweed (20151128) (x86_64)"

$ xdg-terminal --version
xdg-terminal 1.1.0 rc3
Comment 1 Ronan Arraes Jardim Chagas 2015-12-03 16:40:00 UTC
Notice that I tested under MATE, but this bug should affect all DE in which xdg-terminal uses gsettings to get the default terminal, like GNOME and Cinnamon.
Comment 2 Ronan Arraes Jardim Chagas 2015-12-03 16:51:26 UTC
The following patch completely fixes the issue:

$cat xdg-terminal-fix-gsettings.patch 
--- a	2015-12-03 14:46:29.679354374 -0200
+++ b	2015-12-03 14:49:08.144583541 -0200
@@ -514,8 +514,8 @@
     term_schema="$1"; shift
-    term_exec=`gsettings get ${term_schema} exec`
-    term_exec_arg=`gsettings get ${term_schema} exec-arg`
+    term_exec=`gsettings get ${term_schema} exec | sed -r "s/^'(.*)'$/\1/"`
+    term_exec_arg=`gsettings get ${term_schema} exec-arg | sed -r "s/^'(.*)'$/\1/"`
     terminal_exec=`which $term_exec 2>/dev/null`
Comment 3 Jiri Slaby 2015-12-06 10:37:25 UTC
A wrong one.
Comment 4 Ronan Arraes Jardim Chagas 2015-12-28 20:11:21 UTC
@Jiri Slaby

Sorry? I did not understand.
Comment 5 Sorokin Alexei 2016-01-22 15:02:17 UTC
Created attachment 121208 [details] [review]
Fixes -x argument, which is the default for {gnome,mate}-terminal

Also related to brokenness of xdg-terminal on GSettings-based desktop environments.

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